Location: Tishomingo County, MS
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Mississippi has the lowest per capita tax burden in the United States. The average millage rate for Tishomingo County is 73.50 for 2005-2006, the fourth lowest tax rate in Mississippi. The millage rate is applied to 15% of the market value of real property. Residential construction costs are approximately 70% of the national average.
Retirees do not pay state income tax on qualified retirement income. Social security is not taxed, regardless of total income. Qualified retirement income includes IRA's, 401/403's, Keogh's, public and private pension funds, and interest income from federal securities and obligations of Mississippi and its political subdivisions.
The state's income tax rates are 3% on the first $5,000, 4% on the second $5,000, and 5% above $10,000. The standard deduction is $2,300 for singles and $4,600 for married couples filing jointly and/or as head of household. The same itemized deductions for the federal income tax apply with the exception of state income tax. Single taxpayers may claim a $6,000 exemption while joint applicants can claim $12,000. $1,500 is allowed for each additional exemption for dependents or for those 65 and older.
Real estate is assessed at 15% of market value. A homestead real estate tax credit of $240 applies to residential property used as the principle residence. Persons age 65 and older, or persons who are disabled, qualify for a property tax exemption up to $70,000 of the market value on homestead property. Any value over $70,000 is taxed the same as other property.
Vehicles are assessed at 30% of market value. This tax if reduced by a percentage assigned each year by the state legislature.
The state sales tax rate is 7% for most goods and services. There is no local sales tax except for a small tourism or hotel/motel tax. Prescription drugs, motor fuels, health care services, residential utilities, and newspapers are not subject to sales taxes.
Tishomingo County has the highest median age of any county in Mississippi which means the county has a high percentage of retirees. Resort and retirement developments include nationally famous Pickwick Pines Resort and Marina, Grand Harbor Marina and Condominiums, River Trace Resort and Marina, and about a dozen other residential and resort developments.
The largest rural healthcare system in the USA has an acute care facility in the community. Several long-term care facilities are also located in the community. The community is within 45 to 90 minutes driving time of world class medical facilities in Memphis, Tupelo, Florence, and Huntsville.